A presentation & discussion on Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency by some of the editors & contributors
hosted by The Public School and The Anti-Authoritarian Marxist Network of L.A.
Tuesday, August 6th at 7:30pm
The Public School - 951 Chung King Road Los Angeles, CA 90012 -
About the book:
Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (AK Press, 2013); Edited by Kristian Williams, Lara Messersmith-Glavin & Will Munger.
Counterinsurgency has existed as the state's implicit strategy for a generation, and increasingly this strategy is becoming explicit. In this chilling collection of sociological and political essays, fifteen writers examine the application of domestic counterinsurgency tactics within the United States, and seek to equip the left with a more nuanced understanding of state repression - and how to fight back.
Kristian Williams is a member of the Committee Against Political Repression, in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America (Soft Skull, 2004; South End, 2007), American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination (South End, 2006), and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy (Microcosm, 2012). In 2009 he received a grant from the Institute for Anarchist Studies to support his research on Oscar Wilde’s anarchism.
Kevin Van Meter is a member of the Team Colors Collective and has just relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to complete his doctorate in Geography. Van Meter, with Team Colors, co-edited the collection Uses of a Whirlwind (AK Press, 2010) and co-authored Winds from below (Team Colors / Eberhardt Press, 2010). Van Meters’ collaborative and single-authored work has appeared in various radical publications.
To familarize yourself with the topic the following texts will be distributed.
1. "Preface" and "Introduction: Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, and Whatever Comes Next" to Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (AK Press, 2013);
2. "The other side of the COIN: counterinsurgency and community policing" by Kristian Williams in Interface: a journal for and about social movements, Vol. 3, No. 1 (May 2011).
The first will provide a overview of the collection, our presentations to follow, and the concept of counterinsurgency (COIN). COIN functions as the logic that intersects with a number of key political realities currently: community policing / police brutality and the prison industrial complex, Global War on Terror, boarder militarization, the NSA / Snowden scandal, and repression of social movements. "The other side of the COIN" will explore the domestic application of counterinsurgency strategy and community policing methods, which are predominantly directed at poor communities of color in the US.
Kristian Williams will provide an overview of policing and the domestic application of COIN. COIN has its origins in police / FBI operations against social movements in the 1960s and 70s as well as various post-Vietnam conflicts. Drawing on various pieces in the collection and his prior work (in Our Enemies in Blue), Williams will describe how a military logic has been used by police forces and other arms of the state over the past three decades. To read more by Williams visit: www.kristianwilliams.com
By extension of Williams's talk, Kevin Van Meter will explore the currently campaign of repression directed at radical environmentalists, animal rights activists, and others, referred to as the "Green Scare". Drawing on a particular case from 2001-2004, Van Meter will describe this cycle of government repression and the efforts of activists to combat it. To read more by Van Meter visit the Team Colors Collective website: www.warmachines.info